The Odyssey

The Trojan War

What was it?:

The Trojan war was waged against the city of Troy by the Achaeans (Greeks) after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta.

The start:

The Trojan war started in the Bronze Age and because of the conflict between the kingdoms of Troy and Mycenaean Greece.

The end:

The Trojan War ended when the Greeks defeated Troy using a large wooden horse. The hollow wooden horse helped the Greeks gain entry inside the city walls of Troy.

Major players:

The major players in The Trojan war were Agamemnon, the leader, Ajax, suitors of Helen, Andromache, the wife of the Trojan prince, Cassandra, the princess of Troy, Clytemnestra, the wife of Agamemnon, and Hector, the Trojan prince and the leading hero.

The Odyssey

How it relates:

The Odyssey, relates to The Trojan war because the book describes the journey home of Odysseus, one of the wars heroes. Other parts of the war are described in a cycle of epic poems.


Who is he?:

Although very little is known about the life of Greek poet Homer, credited with being the first to write down the epic stories of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the impact of his tales continue to reverberate through Western culture.

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